Twelve Colten Care carers have taken on new clinical roles and responsibilities after completing an in-house training course.
The intensive, two-week programme is designed to create Senior Care Leads (SCLs), a role created by Colten Care to provide support for registered nurses and give them more time to take on supervisory and leadership responsibilities, while also offering career progression to carers.
Elaine Farrer, Colten’s Operations Director, said: “By creating and investing in the dedicated post of SCL, we are enabling a career pathway for our care assistants while providing reassurance for our nurses that we will always support them and value their professionalism.
“All parts of the care sector nationwide have a challenge to attract and retain high quality nurses. At Colten, we have taken a positive approach to this situation that enables both carers and nurses to progress their careers with us.
“We’re absolutely delighted to see our latest cohort of SCLs complete their training and assessments. Their input is a vital component of the professional care we deliver every day to underpin our residents’ quality of life.”
More than 150 care staff have becomes SCLs since the launch of the programme in 2015.
Lottie Young, who is now considering whether to benefit from further Colten career investment by becoming a trainee Nursing Associate, is an SCL graduate.
“The SCL training was amazing,” Lottie said. “It has evolved over the past couple of years so there are more shadowing sessions, modules and opportunities for reflective learning as well as the final two-week course. It has given me so much more confidence in my job. I love being an SCL and working with the nurses.”